Did you know? Fun facts for 10/15 km F competition in Lahti

02 March 2014 07:49
Alexander Legkov RUS and Maxim Vylegzhanin RUS
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15k free: Olsson (SWE) only athlete to win twice in last 10 races.

  • 15km freestyle for men is held as a regular World Cup event for the first time in more than one year, since Davos on 17 Feb 2013, when Johan Olsson (SWE) won ahead of Dario Cologna (SUI) and Alexander Legkov (RUS).
  • The distance was also held in the WCH in Val di Fiemme in Feb 2013, when Petter Northug (NOR) won, ahead of Johan Olsson (SWE) and Tord Asle Gjerdalen (NOR).
  • Johan Olsson is the only athlete to win this event twice in the last 10 World Cup and championships held, going back five years, to 2009.
  • In the last 10 races in the 15km freestyle a total of 18 different athletes have finished on the podium. No athlete has finished on the podium in more than four of the last 10 races in 15km free, Dario Cologna has four podium finishes, Johan Olsson and Marcus Hellner have three.
  • Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) is leading the overall World Cup with 1027 points, ahead of Chris Jespersen (NOR) 739 points, and Alexander Legkov (RUS) 626 points. Petter Northug is fourth with 539 points.
  • Northug has finished on the overall WC-podium in the last five seasons, winning twice.
  • Northug is the only Norwegian to win the overall World Cup since Bjørn Dæhlie won for a record sixth time in 1998/1999.
  • A country has not won all three top positions in the World Cup overall in the men’s class since Sweden in 1986/1987 with Torgny Mogren, Thomas Wassberg and Gunde Svan.
  • Alexander Legkov was second in the overall World Cup last season. No man representing Russia has won the overall World Cup. Alexander Zavjalov has won, representing Soviet Union.

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10k free: Bjørgen and Johaug only winners since Vancouver 2010

 

  • 10km freestyle for ladies is held as a regular World Cup event for the first time in more than one year, since Davos on 17 Feb 2013, when Therese Johaug (NOR) won ahead of Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) and Kristin Størmer Steira (NOR).
  • The distance was also held in the WCH in Val di Fiemme in Feb 2013, again with Therese Johaug winning, ahead of Marit Bjørgen and Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS).
  • The event has been held on six occasions since the Olympic Games in Vancouver in Feb 2010, when Charlotte Kalla (SWE) won. All six 10km freestyle held in World Cup and championships since Vancouver 2010 have been won by Norwegian athletes. Marit Bjørgen has won four times, and Therese Johaug has won twice.
  • In the six races since OG 2010 Norway has won 11 of the 18 podium places in 10km freestyle.
  • Norwegian athletes won only three of the last 20 events in 10km freestyle ahead of Vancouver 2010, with Marit Bjørgen winning twice and Astrid U.Jacobsen once. 
  • Marit Bjørgen has finished on the podium in her last 22 World Cup finishes in distance races (including overall tour results) going back to a fourth place in 10km skiathlon in Lahti March 2011, the only time in her last 34 World Cup distance events Bjørgen missed the podium.
  • Therese Johaug is the only currently active athlete with two World Cup wins in distance races in Lahti. Justyna Kowalczyk also has two wins, but she has ended her season due to injury. No female athlete has won more than two distance World Cup events in Lahti.